Re: LDS Scouting
Deb Williams, CPA (DEBW@VTVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 2 May 1995 09:09:24 EDT
From: Deb Williams, CPA
Controller's Office: Financial Reporting Section
Virginia Tech 201 Southgate Center 0312 (703) 231-8556
Scott said: "I would also be careful in that the LDS Troop has a missionary
approach to most people and your son might be recruited."
Having an LDS groop with nearly half the group as non-LDS, my non-LDS kids'
parents would probably have a fit with that line. I'd have to say my sons
(LDS) are great missionaries...they wear the |BSA| recruiter strip. They are
open to answering questions, but they are into Scouting. When we have
Court of Honors I've seen my non-LDS parents make themselves right at home,
even to taking over the food set-up responsibilities. You'll get zealous
folks in every group, but the purpose is Scouting not proselyting--in our
Ward, we keep it that way. You ask questions, we talk--outside the Scouting
Also, our New Scout Patrol does nearly more camping than the older Scouts.
They just insure that enough parents are along to cover the requirements.
The campouts are not run as a family camp, but as a regular patrol campout.
And if the LDS groups are more standoffish, we appreciate the observation.
We will certainly work to see that our boys don't portray that picture.
Unfortunately, there is good & bad in all programs. It is tough on some
of our boys when faced with other groups that don't hold the line on
profanity or off-color comments. We had two boys appropriately choose to
leave a group at Scout Camp working on the Camping Merit Badge when the
profanity and off-color comments were not acceptable to the teachings they
had received. LDS groups are expected (remember not all keep the rules :( )
to adhere to some strict guidelines of conduct. That may be the reason for
the standoffishness. But our group will surely work on it to avoid giving
that impression. That type of an attitude is not what we should be about.
And I'm not kidding or being sarcastic when I say we appreciate the point.
Thanks for your input Scott!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City